Jan. 7, 2012
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State (10-4, 3-1 Missouri Valley Conference) scored the first 15 points of the game and limited Drake (7-7, 1-2) to 21.8 percent shooting in a 78-46 victory Saturday evening at JQH Arena.
The Lady Bears tied an arena record by allowing 46 points, which was also an opponent season low along with DU’s shooting percentage (.218), field goals made (12), three-pointers made (2), three-point percentage (.143) and assists (5).
Christiana Shorter had four points and four rebounds in the game’s first two minutes and Jaleshia Roberson drained a pair of threes to propel to Lady Bears to a 15-0 lead as Drake began the game 0-for-8 from the field with four turnovers before scoring with 13:53 on the clock to make the score 15-2.
Roberson’s third trey made it 18-2 out of the ensuing media timeout, and the lead grew to 20 points at 28-8 when Aly Stock put in a jumper with 6:13 remaining in the period. The Lady Bears pushed the advantage to as many as 22 points on two occasions before an 11-2 Drake run took the score from 32-10 at 4:57 to 34-21 with 38 seconds left. Casey Garrison hit a trey with 20 seconds left for a 37-21 halftime lead.
Eight Lady Bears scored in the first period and the team shot 16-of-29 (55.2 percent) while holding Drake to 7-of-31 (22.6 percent).
Missouri State began the second half on a 7-2 run to lead 44-23 and Lacey Boshe gave the Lady Bears their largest lead yet at 51-28 with a layup at the 13:33 mark after the Bulldogs had closed the gap to 18 points. Garrison’s third trey in as many tries made it 56-32 10:57 left and MSU held Drake scoreless for over three minutes before a three-pointer made it 58-35 with 8:10 to go.
Roberson’s fifth three-pointer of the night came with 6:15 to play and tied her with Jackie Stiles for fourth-place at MSU with 221 threes while making the score 61-37, and the senior added two free throws on MSU’s next possession for a 26-point lead. Roberson then passed Stiles with a sixth three-ball minutes later and finished the game with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 6-for-10 from deep with five assists.
In all, 12 Lady Bears scored, including Bry Snow’s first MSU points with two late baskets. Garrison added 16 on 6-for-10 shooting, and Shorter had eight to go with nine rebounds. Jasmine Malone hauled in eight boards as MSU trailed the league’s top rebounding club by a 39-37 margin.
Missouri State shot 54.1 percent overall (33-61) and made nine of its 18 three-point attempts. Drake did outscore MSU 20-3 from the foul line, an odd statistic considering the final score.
The Lady Bears travel to league-leading Wichita State (9-5, 3-0) next Saturday (Jan. 14) for a key early-season showdown. The game will be televised in Springfield on the Ozarks CW.